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Empires of the Imagination
Empires of the Imagination

Transatlantic Histories of the Louisiana Purchase

Kastor, Peter J., Weil, François

Empires of the Imagination takes the Louisiana Purchase as a point of departure for a compelling new discussion of the interaction between France and the United States...


Collegiate Republic
Collegiate Republic

Cultivating an Ideal Society in Early America

Sumner, Margaret

Collegiate Republic offers a compellingly different view of the first generation of college communities founded after the American Revolution. Such histories have...


Amelioration and Empire

Progress and Slavery in the Plantation Americas

Dierksheide, Christa

Christa Dierksheide argues that "enlightened" slaveowners in the British Caribbean and the American South, neither backward reactionaries nor freedom-loving hypocrites, thought...


State and Citizen
State and Citizen

British America and the Early United States

Thompson, Peter, Onuf, Peter S.

Pointing the way to a new history of the transformation of British subjects into American citizens, State and Citizen challenges the presumption that the early American...


Citizens of a Common Intellectual Homeland
Citizens of a Common Intellectual Homeland

The Transatlantic Origins of American Democracy and Nationhood

Mattes, Armin

Notions of democracy and nationhood constitute the pivotal legacy of the American Revolution, but to understand their development one must move beyond a purely American context...


Era of Experimentation
Era of Experimentation

American Political Practices in the Early Republic

Peart, Daniel

In Era of Experimentation, Daniel Peart challenges the pervasive assumption that the present-day political system, organized around two competing parties, represents the...


The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family
The Making and Unmaking of a Revolutionary Family

The Tuckers of Virginia, 1752–1830

Hamilton, Phillip

In mid-April 1814, the Virginia congressman John Randolph of Roanoke had reason to brood over his family’s decline since the American Revolution. The once-sumptuous world of...


Contesting Slavery
Contesting Slavery

The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation

Hammond, John Craig, Mason, Matthew

Recent scholarship on slavery and politics between 1776 and 1840 has wholly revised historians’ understanding of the problem of slavery in American politics. Contesting...


Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early America
Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early America
Onuf, Peter S., Cole, Nicholas P.

Thomas Jefferson read Latin and Greek authors throughout his life and wrote movingly about his love of the ancient texts, which he thought should be at the core of America's...


Revolutionary Prophecies
Revolutionary Prophecies

The Founders and America’s Future

McDonald, Robert M. S., Onuf, Peter S.

The America of the early republic was built on an experiment, a hopeful prophecy that would only be fulfilled if an enlightened people could find its way through its past and...


Principle and Interest
Principle and Interest

Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt

Sloan, Herbert E.

In this acclaimed work, available here for the first time in paperback, Herbert E. Sloan examines Thomas Jefferson's complex and obsessive relationship to debt—its roles in his...


Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions
Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions
Newman, Simon P., Onuf, Peter S.

The enormous popularity of his pamphlet Common Sense made Thomas Paine one of the best-known patriots during the early years of American independence. His subsequent...


Unfinished Revolution
Unfinished Revolution

The Early American Republic in a British World

Haynes, Sam W.

After the War of 1812 the United States remained a cultural and economic satellite of the world’s most powerful empire. Though political independence had been won, John Bull...


Light and Liberty
Light and Liberty

Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Although Thomas Jefferson’s status as a champion of education is widely known, the essays in Light and Liberty make clear that his efforts to enlighten fellow citizens...


The Founding of Thomas Jefferson's University
The Founding of Thomas Jefferson's University
Ragosta, John A., Onuf, Peter S., O’Shaughnessy, Andrew J.

Established in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia was known as "The University" throughout the South for most of the nineteenth century, and today it stands...


Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy
Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy

Founding West Point

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Why did Thomas Jefferson, who claimed to abhor war and fear standing armies, in 1802 establish the United States Military Academy? For more than two centuries this question has...


Jefferson's Empire
Jefferson's Empire

The Language of American Nationhood

Onuf, Peter S.

Thomas Jefferson believed that the American revolution was a transformative moment in the history of political civilization. He hoped that his own efforts as a founding...


Nature's Man
Nature's Man

Thomas Jefferson's Philosophical Anthropology

Valsania, Maurizio

Although scholars have adequately covered Thomas Jefferson’s general ideas about human nature and race, this is the first book to examine what Maurizio Valsania terms Jefferson...


Tom Paine's America
Tom Paine's America

The Rise and Fall of Transatlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic

Cotlar, Seth

Tom Paine’s America explores the vibrant, transatlantic traffic in people, ideas, and texts that profoundly shaped American political debate in the 1790s. In 1789, when...


The Revolution of 1800
The Revolution of 1800

Democracy, Race, and the New Republic

Horn, James J., Taylor, Jan Ellen, Onuf, Peter S.

George W. Bush and Al Gore were by no means the first presidential hopefuls to find themselves embroiled in a hotly contested electoral impasse. Two hundred years earlier,...


Remaking Custom
Remaking Custom

Law and Identity in the Early American Republic

Pearson, Ellen Holmes

History has largely forgotten the writings, both public and private, of early nineteenth-century America’s legal scholars. However, Ellen Holmes Pearson argues that the...


Blood from the Sky
Blood from the Sky

Miracles and Politics in the Early American Republic

Jortner, Adam

In the decades following the Revolution, the supernatural exploded across the American landscape—fabulous reports of healings, exorcisms, magic, and angels crossed the nation....


Sons of the Father
Sons of the Father

George Washington and His Protégés

McDonald, Robert M. S.

Whether acting as a military officer or civilian officeholder, George Washington did not possess a reputation for glad handing, easy confidences, or even much warmth. His...


Mongrel Nation
Mongrel Nation

The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

Walker, Clarence E.

The debate over the affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings rarely rises above the question of "Did they or didn’t they?" But lost in the argument over the existence...


Jefferson on Display
Jefferson on Display

Attire, Etiquette, and the Art of Presentation

Wilson, G. S.

When we think of Thomas Jefferson, a certain picture comes to mind for some of us, combining his physical appearance with our perception of his character. During Jefferson’s...


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